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King Ramathe loses promoter's licence

By Bongani Magasela | Jul 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

BOXING SA has revoked the promoter's licence of King Ramathe of World Sports Promotions.

BOXING SA has revoked the promoter's licence of King Ramathe of World Sports Promotions.

This means the WSP tournament scheduled for September, featuring Marcel Japhta and Siyabulela Ziqula's fight for the WBO Africa featherweight belt, will not happen.

Loyiso Mtya, the national body's acting chief executive, announced yesterday that Ramathe - who co-owns WSP with Mikiro Ramphenyane, Thabang Segooa and Eric Strydom - refused to pay officials for the tournament WSP staged in March. In that tournament Takalani Ndlovu won the WBF junior featherweight belt against Oscar Chauke.

Mtya said Ramathe and company made an arrangement with the WBF to pay their sanctioning fees and officials at a later stage: "It was King's decision and Howard Goldberg, who represents the WBF. Boxing SA knew nothing about this until officials started complaining to us.

"I personally spoke to King many times about this and I even made it clear to him that I didn't care about the WBF.

"I wanted him to pay my officials. He would agree but a day or two later he would come back with excuses such as that he was demanding an apology from the WBF.

"I realised that this whole thing compromises me.

"The board of Boxing SA gave me a tongue-lashing for not taking action a long time ago. His licence has been revoked."

Ramathe said: "I don't owe Boxing SA's officials. I have written back responding to their letter revoking my licence. I am challenging the unlawful cancellation of my promoter's licence.

"I requested that he (Mtya) must explain or inform me as to whom he is referring when he says he has persuaded me to pay."


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